2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe: OMG!

15 Nov 2010 | 1,615 views | No Comment
   By Don Hammonds Exclamation points and dropped jaws are tailor made for the 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe.     When it drives by, turn, cell phone cameras are activated, and you get a ton of people gathering around it.      "Oh, hell, man.  This is a real Cadillac. This is how they used to make 'em, baby!  Where's the nearest lottery ticket place?" one man said, a grin from ear to ear decorating his face.  Another woman just said, "Oh my God!  I have to call my brother. He's been looking for one of these. Can you just stay a minute while I get out my cell phone camera?"        From the dawn of the brand, Cadillac's been way, way ahead of the styling game, and there aren't too many who can touch the CTS with a designer's pen: a sleek, muscular, robust profile, a nearly horizontal back window, towering taillights in back, LED's everywhere, fabulous looking wheels, and more creases and angles than Origami--not a dull spot anywhere.      The interior is just as nice, though we wish entry to the back could be made a bit more intuitive through the use of a release control that pulled up instead of operated from the side. Seating is comfortable, and there's a Cadillac vee theme everywhere, including the center console, various spots on the dashboard and elsehere.  Jewel-like gauges abound, but there's nothing that you can't operate as soon as you sit down.  It's a highly intuitive automobile. Some writers have comoplained that visibility out of the back window is poor, but frankly, we had no problems once we adjusted our seats.    When you drive the CTS Coupe, it does feel a bit heavy. But don't worry. Though it's the base model, its 304 horsepower 3.6 liter direct fuel injection V-6  still gets out of the way faster than you can say "CTS-V Coupe," the suave stable mate to the Coupe that has chillingly fast performance that will pin your ears back.  Ful economy rating is 18/27 whether you get the rear wheel or all wheel drive versions.      Prices start at a quite reasonable $$38,990, tnough, since ours was the exclusive Premium Collection version, the standard price was $47,010. With options, the price came to $50,035.      Standard equipment included full power accessories, a sport suspension system, stability  control, heated and cooled seats, a Bose 5.1 surround sound system, a navigation system that included XM Nav traffic, Sapele wood trim package, and way too much standard equipment to mention here.      Handling is superb of course. It was not for nothing that Cadillac's been a frequent visitor to the Nurburgring race track in Germany when it was time to test their prototypes. And in the way of cool features, how about that pop-up screen that appears when you back the car up and disappears from view when you move out of reverse?        There was one other niggle for us:  It takes time to get used to the hidden door releases on the outside of the car. You will have to grope a bit to make  sure that you hit the right spot. But once you find it, you're cool. By the way, OnStar is standard, and it offers speech recognition/flexible recognition, fully continuous dialing and chunking and directed help, as well as automatic crash response and turn by turn navigation. Respondents to Edmunds.com chat room loved the styling, the teerrific combination of ride and handling,  of course, as well as the performance, but they wanted a completely operable sunroof instead of one which only pops up, larger lettering and synbols for the gauges and controls (so did we), and a bit more plush and luxury for back seat passengers.

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